Tuesday, September 28, 2021

You are the Best - Pinkfresh Studio Instagram Release Hop

 Hello! Today I am part of a fun Instagram hop to celebrate the new Pinkfresh Studio release! I have had so much fun creating with this release - all the florals, the new Inna Alphas, and of course, the Solid Hot Foil plate that I've been excited about for so long! I created this card on Facebook Live last week as a sneak peek of yesterday's release - you can watch that video HERE if you want to see it all come together! I did change the letters a bit after the live, so keep reading to hear about what I adjusted!

I love the new Blooming Branch stamp, die, and layering stencil set - and it was super fun to mix up the colors with some different choices than I often use for florals!

I used two stenciled, stamped, and die cut layers for this card, split between the top and bottom of my slimline design.

I tucked some of the extra pieces I trimmed off into empty spaces, helping keep it from going to waste, as well as giving a touch of extra dimension and layering.

In the live, I used different colors on the large "YOU" sentiment. I just wasn't loving them, so after the video I carefully peeled them off, and redid them a bit different. I ended up just stamping the outline in Detail black, and only adding stencil layers to the florals, leaving the large letter opening just plain white. I liked that much better! I die cut an extra layer of the letters from white cardstock and layered them together for a more dimensional piece, then adhered with liquid glue - and a touch of foam under the "O" that hangs over the white space.

The aqua panel for this card was die cut with Slim Stitched Scallop Circle die, with a supporting sentiment from the Blooming Branch stamped on the white cardbase.

Finished off with a pretty row of coordinating Essentials: Crystals Mix - love how that orange pops with this design!

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Monday, September 27, 2021

You and Pumpkin Pie - on the Unity Stamp Company Blog

 Good morning! I'm back with another card for my series on the Unity Stamp Company Blog this morning! I'm so excited to be featuring the amazing Kit of the Month on Monday's on the Unity Stamp Company Blog! Since the Kit of the Month was the first thing I purchased from Unity, and what got me hooked to begin with, they hold a special place in my heart, so I'm super excited about this opportunity to give these kits some love! You can check out all the details HERE for today's project! 

Thanks for stopping by today - have a WONDERFUL day!!!

Pinkfresh Studio September Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

 Good morning! Today is an amazing blog hop to celebrate Pinkfresh Studio's September Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release! This release is full of gorgeous florals, and beautiful new set of alphas, and an amazing new product that I have been SOOO excited to finally share - a Solid Hot Foil plate that is a super useful and versatile tool for your craft room! You aren't going to want to miss a stop along the way - TONS of inspiration and prizes up for grabs! YAY!

As always, there is also a shipping promo - FREE US Shipping with $75 purchase, or discounted shipping for our international friends. Details and coupon codes are on this graphic:

Okay - I went a bit crazy (as usual!) with this release - I just couldn't stop playing! The beautiful florals, the awesome new Inna Alpha set, and one of my favorites from this release - the exciting NEW Solid Hot Foil Plate! I've used it on this first card - and there are more photos and a video at the bottom of my post explaining a bit more of what it does - in case you want to skip to the end and see more about it! 

In the meantime...lets dive into the cards I'm sharing for this release:

This first card is a fun slimline card using the new Lush Peonies stamp set, layering stencils, and coordinating die.

I used a fun and girly color palette - then die cut and trimmed the design in half to split between the edges of my slimline card.

I layered a coordinating pink panel die cut with Slim Fancy Diagonal Stripes die for a bit of texture and interest on the background, then tucked the edges of the florals into the corners, popping the rest up with foam adhesive.

I hot foiled the new Inna Alphas, then set them aside to use later, and used the Solid Hot Foil Plate to use the negative pieces of foil, then die cut that with the coordinating die. This gave me a reverse image of the Inna Alphas - I LOVE this effect!

I popped those up with foam adhesive on my card, and then added a secondary sentiment from Blooming Branches stamp set, stamped in detail black ink and trimmed to a thin strip.

Finished off with a few sparkly clear crystals from Essentials: Crystals Mix (which was just finally restocked - yay!).

Next up, perhaps one of my favorite layering floral sets from the release - especially beautiful even without the coordinating stamp set: Dahlia Bunch!

I stenciled this one in purples and greens - I love the detail in this image! I left the stamp set off, and die cut it with the coordinating die.

I used a coordinating purple cardbase, and die cut a panel of white cardstock with Diagonal Stitched Plaid die, and trimmed it down to leave a border of the purple cardbase around the edges.

Die cut the hexagons from Basic Label Frame dies in white, layered them together, and stamped my main sentiment in the center one. Added a secondary sentiment, heat embossed on a bit of black cardstock and trimmed to a thin strip, then finished off with a few sparkly Lavender Jewels!

And finally, all in lovely shades of blue for this next card!

For this card I used the beautiful Garden Roses layering stencils, and also added the stamped image over the top with Detail Black ink before die cutting with the coordinating dies. 

I added a coordinating blue cardbase, and die cut a white Ornate Banner to tuck under it. I also die cut a deeper blue shade of Fancy Label Frame dies, and a smaller white one to stamp my sentiments on, layering them together with some scraps of cardstock for a bit of dimension, but slightly less than with foam adhesive.

Finished off with a few more of those sparkly Essentials: Crystals Mix, but in a coordinating soft blue color for this card!

Next up, I thought I'd show you a quick comparison of each stamp and stencil set - one with the stamped image over the top, and one without, but using the exact same colors. First up is Lush Peony:

And here is Dahlia Bunch:

A look at Garden Roses:

And finally, Blooming Branch:

And now...one to one of the most exciting parts of this release for me! This amazing Solid Hot Foil Plate:

Here is a video sharing all the fun things this plate can do - you can also check it out on YouTube HERE:

You can tell I've had lots of fun using this solid plate for so many of my negative foil pieces!

A couple things to note - that are mentioned in the video as well. If you have a Gemini Foilpress machine, it does come with a metal shim that works similarly. I had better success with this - but I definitely recommend checking what you have to see if it works first.

Also, the quality of cardstock you use will have a huge effect on your foiling success. I used Hammermill 100lb cardstock for all of my samples here and in my video. It has a nice smooth surface, which works well with the foiling.

Hot foiling die cut sentiments and other die cut pieces? SOOO much fun!

Naturally, your success with your negative foil pieces all depends on how well your original piece foiled. If you have a lot of overfoiling, you aren't going to have as much luck with your negative pieces. Die cutting helps hide any of those imperfections though, which is lovely - like these butterflies...love all the shiny gold goodness!

And here are the positive and negative versions of the new Inna Alphas - I can't decide which version I like more. :)

Make sure and leave a comment before you leave for a chance to win one of 10 $25 gift certificate to Pinkfresh Studio chosen from comments left across the hop! All winners will be chosen and posted on the Pinkfresh Blog on Tuesday, October 5, 2020 - so make sure and check back to see if you were a winner! Winners must check that page and claim their prize within 2 weeks.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Totally Worth Celebrating - Pinkfresh Studio Facebook Live Card

 Good morning! Dropping by today to share a card I made last week for Pinkfresh Studio's Facebook Live. Last week I took a break from our super popular Holiday release, and threw it back to some previously released sets - one of which had recently been restocked! You can watch the replay HERE if you want to see more details.

I used a beautiful previous release that was a collaboration with Altenew - Celebrate Today. I stamped and heat embossed it, then ink blended with Ballet Slipper, Sparkling Rose, and Bubble Gum ink for an emboss resist effect.

Used the negative space of the die cut to create a shaker card - filled with a few different colors of Essentials Jewels mix, and some sparkly glitter. It really is a magical effect with those together for a shaker card! Added a sentiment with the reverse foiled Celebrate sentiment using the brand new Solid Hot Foil plate that is releasing next week (can't WAIT!).

Mounted it all on a navy cardbase, and decided it needed a bit of extra texture, so we die cut some Leafy Branches from white cardstock and tucked them around the edges, before finishing off with a few Metallic Gold Pearls.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Autumn Thanks - Pretty Pink Posh September Release Instagram Hop

Good morning! Today I'm celebrating the new September Release from Pretty Pink Posh by joining Day 2 of the Instagram Release Hop! You can head over to Instagram to join that hop, and enter to win today's giveaways, and you can find the new release HERE. I thought I would share more details here on my blog on my card - since it is always tough to put enough info in an Instagram post!  

I love all the fall goodness in this release - and couldn't resist putting together two cards with all the warm cozy colors of fall!

For this first card, I used the new Elegant Pumpkin die, layered over the frame portion from the coordinating dies for Fall Circles stamp set. I added a subtle background to my card base using the new Leaves Background stencil and some Antique Linen Distress ink.

I mounted the frame with foam adhesive on the background, added a sentiment using the new Woodland Thanks stamp set and Coordinating die, and a bit of sparkle with a few Metallic Gold jewels that were released previously. Love that the larger sentiment has a coordinating die, so you can pop it up with foam for dimension!

Next up, you know I couldn't resist a shaker card with some of the fun new clay embellishments! I used that same cardstock as the last card for my cardbase, and then used the new Leaf Frame die to create the shaker element.

I filled it with the new Autumn Days clay embellishment mix, and added a sentiment from the new Falling Leaves stamp set and Coordinating dies.

Which kind of card do you prefer? Lots of stenciled and die cut layers, or a fun shaker card?

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